It can happen to anyone at any time, be it at the office or at home. You go to make yourself a cup of your preferred brew and your favourite cup or mug has gone walkabout.
This scenario plays out in homes, offices, and institutions every hour of every day through the UK. And the perpetrators vary from close personal friends, relatives, strangers and worst of all, members of your own family.
It seems no one is immune to this wretched practice and people who you would dream of being a perpetrator can surprise you when you walk in on them only to find them sipping from your mug.
Auntie Jayne visiting from Australia, the sky repairman, that annoying bloke from accounts, your best friend who does it just to annoy you. Whether they know it or not, they all play a part in pushing your ‘leave my mug alone’ button.
And the result, no matter who does it, is a low emotional grumbling deep down inside. If you were wild animal you would make a barely audible grrrrrrrrr! sound.
So there you have the unhappy scenario that you have to endure from time to time. But the fact of the matter is that there is a solution. Which doesn’t involve physical violence.
And the answer:
It is simple and straightforward – get yourself a personalised name mug printed. Which translates into having a mug with your very own name on it. And if you want to take it a step further you can even add a message like ‘my mug hands off! ‘ Unfortunately, warning signs are just like red cloaks to a bull for some people, especially practical jokers. So my suggestion is to keep away from this course of action.
The option that seems to work best is a cross between the two is a name and a short message that includes how you like your cuppa made.
For example: Henrietta – coffee white two sugars or James – black coffee. Another alternative is Jayne’s mug Monday – Thursday black coffee Friday prosecco.
But sometimes the only option is reverse psychology.
The above techniques will work to keep your mug safe from sticky pawed friends colleagues and relatives most of the time. However, there are always exceptions to the rules. If you come across someone who still uses your mug even when it is personalised then try this technique.
Buy them a mug with their name on it and give it to them. This should resolve the issue and you can always use their mug from time to time as a payback.
If you fancy getting yourself a mug with your name on then pop on over to the personalised mug section On the brinley williams website. You will find over 180 different designs to choose from. Most are also available in a variety of colours on either bone china or ceramic mugs.